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Maguire ready for NRL return

20th November 2018, 01:24 by Michael Holland

Michael Maguire is back coaching in the NRL with Wests Tigers and is excited by what the future holds with his new side.

The former Wigan Warriors coach, who has more recently been in charge of South Sydney Rabbitohs, has taken the job with Wests following a 12-month sabbatical from the NRL.

Maguire is happy with his roster and believes his newly inherited squad can be competitive in 2019.

“I think any squad is capable in this game," he told the media at his first press conference on Monday. "It is so close now the competition and my time away over the 12 months I pretty well watched every game.

“I was able to sit up in the grandstands at all the grounds and watch all the teams and it usually comes down to one or two plays... there are a lot of strong names (in Wests’ roster) and then complementing that with the young kids coming through, that’s the makings of what the good teams are all about.”

Maguire is keen to get halfback Luke Brooks tied down to a new contract extension, and has vowed to make him a better player if he does stay.

“I want to build a relationship with him first and then talk to him about his game,” Maguire added. “I’ve been very fortunate over my time to work with a fair few halves and spent a lot of time at it, and I want to impart as much knowledge as I can to him to make him a better player."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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